Definitions for apprehensiveˌæp rɪˈhɛn sɪv

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. apprehensive, discerning(adj)

    quick to understand

    "a kind and apprehensive friend"- Nathaniel Hawthorne

  2. apprehensive, worried(adj)

    mentally upset over possible misfortune or danger etc

    "apprehensive about her job"; "not used to a city and worried about small things"; "felt apprehensive about the consequences"

  3. apprehensive(adj)

    in fear or dread of possible evil or harm

    "apprehensive for one's life"; "apprehensive of danger"


  1. apprehensive(Adjective)

    Anticipating something with anxiety or fear.

  2. apprehensive(Adjective)

    Perceptive; quick to learn; intelligent; capable of grasping with the mind or intellect.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Apprehensive(adj)

    capable of apprehending, or quick to do so; apt; discerning

  2. Apprehensive(adj)

    knowing; conscious; cognizant

  3. Apprehensive(adj)

    relating to the faculty of apprehension

  4. Apprehensive(adj)

    anticipative of something unfavorable' fearful of what may be coming; in dread of possible harm; in expectation of evil

  5. Apprehensive(adj)

    sensible; feeling; perceptive

  6. Origin: [Cf. F. apprhensif. See Apprehend.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of apprehensive in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of apprehensive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Marilyn Hutcheson:

    We're apprehensive, not knowing what transpired, if it was a grievance or terroristic related, we just don't know.

  2. Aristotle, unknown:

    A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.

  3. James Corden:

    There is no tough sells anymore, it’s just timing, i think they used to be apprehensive. I think genuinely a lot of people used to turn up going ‘What am I doing? And what is this?’ And now I think it’s a thing where people call us, and it's become a part of record company strategy for launching an album, singer or artist. In many ways that has become a lot easier.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • тревожен, загриженBulgarian
  • aprensiuCatalan, Valencian
  • besorgtGerman
  • inquieto, aprensivoSpanish
  • levoton, huolestunutFinnish
  • soucieux, appréhensif, perspicace, vif, inquietFrench
  • 気遣う, 不安, 明敏, 恐れるJapanese
  • 염려하다, 우려하다, 총명하다Korean
  • manawakinoMāori
  • bezorgdDutch
  • поня́тливый, сообрази́тельный, проница́тельный, опаса́ющийся, смышлёныйRussian
  • inteligentan, oštrouman, pronicav, pronicljiv, zabrinutSerbo-Croatian
  • orolig, ängsligSwedish

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